The Systems Group at the Open University is committed to the study, application and development of systems ideas. We aim to help people make sense of -- and intervene in -- complex and interconnected situations. We work with a wide range of issues and settings including: environmental decision-making for sustainable development; information systems management; organisational change in both public and private sectors; and integrated waste management.
In our teaching we have done pioneering work in subject matter and pedagogical models, and also in the use of the internet for supporting open learning.
Our research encompasses not only conventional, publication-driven inquiry but also 'action research': assisting people, whether in organisations or multi-organisational contexts, to engage with poorly-structured or controversial issues.